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Subject: Re: Unitech situation messy

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Date Posted: Wed, Feb 27 2008, 12:15:31pm
In reply to: SB 's message, "Unitech situation messy" on Fri, Feb 22 2008, 08:36:20pm

ummmm...that makes me thinking, SB!...

1. UDC contracted Tasks:
THough I have not read that handbook thoroughly, I know from experience that staff and or students engaged in UDC contracts/jobs are entitled to be paid a commission together with their TA for their extra tasks. This has been the practice ever since the prosperous years, i.e. 80s and 90s and still continues today. It is said to be a business norm at UOT.

2. Package Numeration:
An employees package differs from each other depending on their standards. Like were I work now, it is two grade pay higher than of a same grade paid in another. You may have the same qualification as with of your course mates but they may earn higher or lower then you. There are more to what you have thought to say!!

3.Productivity Level
Well, one has to understand the politics involved in promoting and investing on academics' creativty which enhances the productivity level. Innovative strategies are not established though well talked about by the misty preacher! I wonder if you have been given a chance to write a journal to be presented in a seminar or conference overseas during your stint at UOT? I have witnessed seniors who have been underminded and supressed by Bureaucrat's political bevels. The most fancied "BIO-ENGINE" or "BIO-DIESEL" project from Mechanical Engineering has never eventuated and will never come to fruition within the next 5-10 years. This was a typical example of the scenario here. If such incidents happen, how would one expect the world to rank our enthusiastic academics?

4. Yes, its sad state when graduates don't perform to expectations of the employers! but then we can't compare the performance of lecturers to quality of graduates, though! Lets have in mind that all the Engineering depts laboratories are hanging on line, even all the depts. If labs facilities are in poor state, what can the lecturer do for you? is it the lecturers' responsibility to purchase and maintain the required materials? Is it the lecturers' job to seek funds to finance the deficits? Students' can't point their figures at lecturers because it is a cooperative effort between the top and lower managements together with surbodinates to uplift the learning facilities, thus standard. As I have mentioned on my previous postings, lazy academics should be kicked out and favoritism, cronism , nepotism and negligence and ignorance should not be practised or entertained.

5. "The student is as good as his/her lecturer"
This is minor arguement because it reflects its true meaning at a high school situations not University. In UNi, you gotta work your guts out in school and after garduation and reap what you want, there is no spoon feeding at Unitech!

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Date Posted: Thu, Feb 28 2008, 06:48:02pm


You do seem to know some things about the situation in Unitech but you obviously lack the indepth knowledge on how things run at unitech.

Correction # 1.
UDC was established in 1994 not 1980s as you said. It was establish by the university council realising the need to retain highly qualified academics who could not be paid higher salaries due to the devaluation and subsequent floatation of the PNG Kina. Expatriate lecturers were on salaries of K50,000 to K60,000 when the kina was on par with the US$. These packages became something like US$19,000.00 when the kina slumped. The university had to find a way to keep these people. The only way it could do that was to engage the academics in consultancy work. Hence the birth of UDC. The consultants got 80% of the fees and the 20% was split between the Dept, UDC and techincal staff who assisted in his work. This is a different arrangement to work organised through the university depts. Anyway, most of the consultancy work provided now by Unitech academics are Short Courses which do not reflect industry practices due to the presenter's own lack of industry experienance.

Correction # 2
Remuneration packages for the Unitech academics are quite high compared to other government run agencies. A Senior lecture is normally on Salary ranges of K40,000 to K55,000 On top of this they are paid ATA at 30% and provided high cost housing. This sort of salary is quite high for the amount of work they do. Now let's be clear, if they were the experts that they are supposed to be, PNG industries would be paying them fees worthy of consultants. Not many PNG industries goes to them due to their technical incompetencies. A BEEE (Power) lecture may know the difference between a sychronus motor and a induction motor in theory but I guarantee you, 9/10 he would not tell the difference when installed in real application.

Correction 3
During my short stint at the university I had 2 opportunities to travel abroad to present papers at conferences. With exception to the Bio Deisel project, many of the academics did not write any papers to contribute to journals or other technical articles. You stand to be corrected again, funds are allocated yearly under departmental budgets for academics to present papers at conferences. You ask most of the academics down there, not many would have asked to go because they wouldn't have written a paper anyway. The avenues are there, they just don't make use of them.

Correction # 4.
A university student is like a V8 racing car burning to go, he/she needs a good driver to charge through. The student's need to be given the right sort of mentoring at uni. They just don't know things unless they are thought, now lectures who do not know applications in industry just don't have the right attitude towards teaching. In the company that I work, we employed the best student in the class of that year and when the person came through, we had to spend hours teaching him things that should have been very fresh in mind. When asked very simple things he just sat there bewildered. It's been a year now that he is slowly standing on his own.

I'll leave it there for you to see why I think Unitech lectures are politicians not academics.

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